Sunday, February 12, 2012


Thanks to the amazing Jeff Carr Sleepless brings you the 100% hand-drawn cover-art for Issue #1!  As you can see from the art, Issue #1 will feature exclusive interviews with Keelhaul, Mockingbird, and Vulture. We have also expanded from Issue #0's 24 pages to 32 pages of photos, reviews and cartoons.  Issue #1 kicks off a 3-issue series featuring Mr. California's "Sex Pig" comic series, which will run from #1-3.

As this is a collaborative effort, we still need a few things, mostly photos. We take both live band photos and skate photos. If you're in a band and have a few cool live photos laying around, or if you skate and take some photos of it, send them to

We are also always looking to expand our distribution network.  Right now we are looking for more distro spots in Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana. We distribute to independent record stores, venues that have zine racks, DIY spaces with zine libraries, and anywhere else that wants a few copies. send an email to with "distro" in the subject line.

You can get an annual subscription too, which is 4 issues direct mail plus a tape comp (with download card for those who put their cassette players to rest years ago) with each issue featuring underground heavy bands from throughout the Midwest / Rust Belt U.S.  just send us an email to with "subscription" in the subject line for more details.

Issue #1 will be hitting the streets in early March!  Official release shows are March 9th in Columbus and March 10th in Cleveland. Details TBA.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sleepless At SXSW 2012

We're working hard getting layout set for  issue #1. Basic layout templates are done and we're getting the content slowly but surely together...

In the meantime, we've got some really awesome news:

Thanks to some collaboration with Unhallowed Records out of Athens, OH, we are excited to announce that 350 copies of issue #1 will be making their way to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest 2012!!!

We're really fucking stoked to get Issue #1 down there and hopefully get some more well-deserved attention for the amazing bands that are coming out of the Midwest and Rust Belt U.S.  Many many thanks to everyone who supported the Issue #1 Kickstarter, supported Issue #0 when it came out, and helped get this thing off the ground.  I think we might be on to something here....

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Tryblith has emerged from the barren and desolate wastelands of Dayton, Ohio as a refreshing and rather promising black metal band. Their first demo "Convergence of Eternal Winter" saw the group playing rather straightforward, but well done atmospheric black metal very much in the vein of early Darkthrone, Burzum, Mayhem, Ulver etc... With their latest songs exploring aspects of wilderness and shamanic ritualism (very much like WITTR, Fauna, Alda, or Velnias) Tryblith is definitely recommended if you are a fan of the earth-worshiping black metal bands from the Pacific Northwest. These guys have already gotten the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Battlecross, Death of Desire, Hordes of Nebbulah, Birth of War, Unearthly Torment and Blood Coven. If black metal is your thing, check these guys out-they'll be playing Sunday 2/5 @ Kobo in Columbus OH with Abigail Williams.

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